João Costa leads Portugal Poker Series in Figueira da Foz

Thumbnail image for ps_news_thn.jpgPortuguese player João Costa built a massive chip lead during Day 1A of PokerStars Portugal Poker Series Figueira da Foz. After nine 60- minute levels, Costa bagged 204,700 chips, putting himself as a huge favourite to win this second event of one of the newest PokerStars tours.

That stack is even more impressive when you consider that, one of 54 starters on Day 1A of this €700+€70 tournament, he began with 15,000 chips. When he returns on Sunday for Day 2, blinds will be 500-1,000 (100 ante), which means he has a bit more than 204 big blinds. In total he has more than 25% of the 810,000 chips in play today, and his closest challenger, Eduardo Ferreira, has 83,700 chips!

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Chip leader João Costa

Day 1A saw the demise of two Portuguese Team PokerStars Pros. Henrique Pinho lost his last chips in the end of the penultimate level of the day, just a little bit after Nuno Coelho had pocket kings... twice! First he lost half of his stack pre-flop against A-K, then he found himself on the wrong side of a K-K vs. A-A cooler.

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Team PokerStars Pro Nuno Coelho

Satursay saw another Team PokerStars Pro in play. João Nunes plays, but after a special heads-up challenge against Paulo Futre, one of the best Portuguese footballers ever, whose popularity levels in Portugal are, nowadays, higher than ever.

If you want to practise your Portuguese, visit our fellow PokerStars PT Blog, where you'll find all details of this Day 1A on the Live Coverage. While you do that, check out the Portugal Poker Series official website to learn more about this tour.

Sérgio Lopes
@PokerStars in Portugal Poker Series